MODIS Pictures

January 28th, 2014 at 5:47 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

modis lake michigan   Here’s this afternoon’s MODIS Lake Michigan satellite picture.  Note the ice on the west edge of the lake (which has appeared to be pulling away from shore this afternoon.  The ice has shortened the distance that the air travels over open water by about 20 miles (so that means a little less lake-effect.  The wind is west-southwest and where the air is missing Lake Michigan it’s sunny (generally south of a line from Benton Harbor to just south of Lansing.  Despite the sunshine, it’s been colder there.  The warming effect of the sun is less than the warming influence of Lake Michigan.   Winds should be brisk tomorrow and strong on Thursday, so that will help to break up the ice on the Great Lakes.  Downwind from the lake, we may get another inch or two of snow tonight into tomorrow morning north of a line from S. Haven to Middleville to Rockford to White Cloud.   It’ll stay dry tonight into tomorrow morning along and south of I-94.  Snow Thurs. PM will be heavier from Muskegon north along the lake, where 4″ could fall.  Snowfall amounts will taper to an inch for Battle Creek, Jackson and Coldwater.  It’ll be windy, with some drifting tomorrow, and a lot of drifting on Thursday.  It’ll be better to do errands Thurs. AM rather than PM when the snow moves in.  The Saturday snow will be the opposite, with heavier snow south and southeast (3-4″) and less snow north of Muskegon (maybe an inch).   The big weather story could be a storm for the middle of next week.  The models are variable and we’ll know more when the system gets into the balloon data out west over the weekend, but you’ll want to stay up with later forecast updates on that.  The cold air is relentless with the GFS plot showing colder than average temps. thru the 2nd week of February.  Here’s the MODIS pic. of Lake Superior, Lake Erieand Lake Ontario.

168 Responses to “MODIS Pictures”

  1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    >>>>>>>>>BREAKING WEATHER ALERT>>>>>>> If this SNOW keeps up for most of the night there will be many schools in Ottawa and Kent county closing tomorrow! The roads are treacherous and getting worse by the hour!

    1. Brett says:

      It is snowing so hard out in my hard I can’t imagine us have school with the wind chill which is -15

    2. Sara says:

      Is the LE supposed to keep up and stay over ottawa/kent counties (west of 131) the entire night?

  2. DF (SE Mich) says:

    It is safe to say today was the coldest January 28 ever in Detroit. Recod low and record low maximum set today. Flint slid in at #2 low max temp.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      Imagine that!

    2. Jack says:

      Sssshhhhh…Don’t Tell Travis ( O. C.). !! About ” Flint” stone LAND !! ;-) . Stay Cued.

  3. ER From GR says:

    Can somebody find and post a link showing the Japanese weather model for the feb 10 “big pappa snow storm” lol i want to see what the hype is all about….

    1. Jack says:

      JEM model UPDATES are available Only Bills Blog !!! Lol… Sorry Er…from,,,G.R. , stay Cued !! ;-)

  4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    I can’t understand why anyone would ask the bloggers if they think schools will be closed tomorrow. Makes no sense whatsoever.

    1. Brett says:

      Because we are curious to see what others think, which people who know more than us kids. Sorry if it bothers you

      1. + 1 Brett. Its just for other peoples opinion Mark and not as a determiner of if we will

      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Their opinions have absolutely no bearing or impact on whether or not school is open or closed.

        1. People have done this on here for a month now, and it will continue to be that way. Sorry is it bothers you so much

        2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          It’s (was) a weather blog.

        3. John (Norton Shores) says:

          They just want to know if they are going to have another snow day and we give them our opinion, with all the negativeness on this blog this is your concern?

    2. DF (SE Mich) says:

      They’re kiddos… I probably would have done the same thing ;)

    3. Mike (Shepherd, Mi) says:

      I can’t understand why you would care enough to post this. Makes no sense either.

  5. DF (SE Mich) says:

    GR and Muskegon both fell on the #2 lowest maximum temperature today. Lansing was #3 on the coldest list.

  6. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

    Here’s a grin. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore knees someone in the groin who tries to jump in on his live report. Hey Bill: good advice to watch in case someone tries to do it to ‘you’! :)


    1. DF (SE Mich) says:


    2. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      And that college kid deserved that… We should all repeat the almighty Jim Cantore.

      1. DF (SE Mich) says:

        Lol, you’ll do the same thing, trust me.

        1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

          Haha I would never disrespect a weather man!

  7. ER From GR says:

    I was predicting a massive blizzard rivaling the blizzard of 78′ the first week of february, and it sounds like i wont be off by much. Feb 10 “Big Pappa Snowstorm”…..

    1. Ansel says:

      lets hope! I would love to get another 30”

    2. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

      Long way to go. Euro/Canadian/18Z GFS miss us south. 12Z GFS and JEM nail us. Euro and Canadian had the storm a couple nights ago. Hard to tell what will happen. This Saturday’s system looked stronger on the 18Z GFS…with 6″ of snow for many of us.

  8. Pog says:

    Indyyyyy….I tried bribin you to turn off that machine, it seems as though you thought I said crank it up….noooo….turn it off…both you and Rocky..

    ha ha

    How much snow we getting on the 10th? You give me one sprite for every inch yer off….

  9. Brett says:

    Is it still snowing hard?

    1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      Do you have access to a window?

      1. WswPlz says:

        I actually can’t see out of my window from my room, I have to go upstairs due to the snow….lol Love it…
        Hey does anyone know of any secret places to take a 4 wheel drive to play in the snow, nothing crazy?? When I drive home from work, it sure is nice to see all this fluffy white snow, however we need a good 8-10 inches of new snow this weekend to add a little extra fun to our outdoor activities.

        1. Brian(Grandville) says:

          Go out to Yankee Springs State Game area. Lots of back roads, lots of fun. I use to take my Ford Explorer AWD V8 with BFG All Terrains out there all the time. Never got stuck, loved that vehicle.

        2. Paul (Yankee Springs-Barry State Game Area) says:

          Trespassers are shot !

        3. Brian(Grandville) says:

          I was expecting that Paul.

  10. Brett says:

    Wind chill warning now till 10am! That may cause more schools to close

  11. Steven(DerbyLake) says:

    Anyone know how much snow traverse city, cadillac and petosky have received so far. Thought I heard Traverse city was well over 100 inches

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      Traverse City is at 102″ for the winter. 124″ at Petosky so far. Last check at Cadillac they were at 70″.

  12. Travis Ulberg (West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    We have a few 8′ drifts on our dirt roads near our house. I stopped the car beside the one right by my house, and its about 3-4′ above the roof of the car. It sure is stunning to see how deep the snow/drifts/piles are everywhere here. 131 in Allegan County has been a sheet of ice since the weekend, 131 in Kent County was leaps and bounds better, but still very icy.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Upload some pics Travis. Didn’t quite make to Martin today when my job called and cancelled. I got to turn around and go home. Not complaining about that.

  13. karlac616 says:

    Bill, the snow sure makes your tornado scar in Wisconsin stand out nicely! :)

  14. Randall says:

    Bill’s graphic at 10:00 showed the WC temps bottoming out at -10 overnight. The WC at the time was -17. What gives Bill?

    1. Randall says:

      Kyle just showed the same graphic?!

    2. Bill Steffen says:

      The graphic for is downtown Grand Rapids is for daybreak…around 8 am – and I have a forecast wind chill of -10 for G.R. downtown for then. The wind won’t be as strong on Monroe Mall as it will at the open airport and the temperature than the 2 above we had at the airport at 10 PM. The temperature in downtown G.R. at 10 PM was +6, four degrees warmer than the airport.

  15. Randall says:

    Thanks Bill

  16. gostateorgohome (zeeland) says:

    Zeeland public schools closed

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